According to preventative health specialists at Apollo Hospitals India, staying well hydrated is one of the most important steps that you can take to improve your well-being today. When we take in less fluid than we lose through the natural process of breathing, sweating and urination, we become dehydrated. Mild dehydration causes symptoms including dizziness, headache, confusion, fainting and lethargy. These symptoms are tell-tale signs that your organs are struggling to do their job properly, and you need more fluids to sustain it. Chronic (long-term) mild dehydration can lead to dry skin, bad breath, muscle cramps, constipation, urinary infections and high blood pressure.
Of course, the best thing for your body, says experts at Apollo Hospitals, is to avoid becoming dehydrated and putting your body under such strain. As well as drinking 2 – 3 litres of water each day, you can help your body maintain its natural equilibrium by including plenty of fresh fruit. If you look at hospital menus for medical tourism India, you’ll notice that fruit is a staple ingredient, not only because it is abundant in the nutrients needed to heal the body, but also because it helps to keep patients well hydrated.
Doctors and nutritionists often suggest that their patients take advantage of the hydrating qualities of fruit in their diets by making their smoothies at home. Smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast or snack and are an amazing way to give your body access to the fluids it needs. To get you feeling inspired here is a selection of 7 sensational home-made smoothie recipes that will help to keep you hydrated and in tip-top health.
Refreshing Watermelon, Mint & Lime Smoothie
Juicy watermelon, cooling mint and tangy lime combine beautifully to make this refreshing sorbet-like smoothie. Chop a large wedge of watermelon into chunks and freeze for around an hour. Squeeze a whole lime and crush a handful of mint leaves. Place the melon, lime and mint in your blender and process until smooth. Decorate with whole mint leaves.
Tropical Coconut & Mango Smoothie
Silky textured and exotic in flavour, this smoothie includes coconut water, which helps to hydrate the body quickly and efficiently. Peel and slice a large, well-chilled mango. Blend the mango with equal parts coconut water, and coconut or almond milk, and serve over crushed ice.
Savoury Splash Tomato, Pear & Cucumber Smoothie
Ring the changes with the savoury flavours and combination of hydration friendly fruits and vegetables in this ruby red smoothie. Chop the tomato, pear and cucumber into chunks, and blend until smooth. Season with chilli sauce, sea salt and black pepper, to taste.
Invigorating Berry Smoothie with Kefir
Berry fruits have a high water content and are an excellent source of vitamins and fibre – in this smoothie, they are mixed with probiotic kefir, which supports the digestive system. Freeze a combination of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries (or any other berry fruit that is available). Blend the berries with kefir until smooth.
ACE Cantaloupe Melon & Vegetable Smoothie
Named for its high content of the antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E, this smoothie has two of the fruits with the highest water content – cantaloupe and pineapple. Blend chilled cantaloupe melon and pineapple chunks with carrot and butternut squash, adding half a banana for a creamier texture.
Green Dream Apple, Kiwi & Ginger Smoothie
A tantalising hint of spicy ginger adds a new dimension to the popular pairing of apple and kiwi, both rich sources of water and vitamins. Simply slice a small piece of ginger, peel and chop the kiwi, and blend with organic green apple juice, until smooth. Serve over ice.
Scrumptious Peach & Yoghurt Smoothie
Peaches have a water content of around 88%, making them a great addition to any hydrating smoothie – in this recipe, they are mixed with yoghurt to make a satisfying blend which is ideal for breakfast. All you need to do is slice your peaches and combine them with plain, natural yoghurt. Sprinkle with cinnamon and toasted oats.
These sensational smoothies are just a starting point to help you stay well hydrated and healthy. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try out your creations, using the fruit available in your local area.